By: WAMBUGU KANYI
Three bodies with bullet wounds were found on Monday in Tagwa Forest, Kieni East subcounty, Nyeri county.
The bodies of the unidentified men were found by residents fetching firewood in the afternoon. They had chest bullet wounds with six spent cartridges at the scene.
The bodies lay face down in a bloody clear area in the expansive forest. Residents thronged the forest, which is part of Mt Kenya Forest on the Chaka-Sagana State Lodge road, No one could identify the men.
Resident Nancy Wangari said she heard gunshots at dawn, but thought they were fired by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers trying to control elephants.
“As we approached the scene, we spotted three men sleeping on clear ground, but we thought they were drunkards. We advanced and discovered the scene was bloody,” she said.
Kieni East police boss Michael Mbaluku said they are yet to establish the motive of killings. He said he received information about a motorcycle found burning in the early morning in Chaka town.
Mbaluku said the motorcycle incident could be linked to the three dead men. He said the three could have been robbed of the motorcycle before they were killed.
“We are going to examine the six cartridges we have collected to know the type of firearm used,” Mbaluku said.
He said the bodies were taken to Nyeri Referral Hospital mortuary. Seven months ago, five bodies with bullet wounds were dumped in the same forest.
The bodies of four men had a single bullet wound in the head each in what police called professional killings.
The body of a woman was dangling from a tree. The residents urged the government to intensify security in the area, saying they now live in fear of attacks.